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• Send your good news to be shared to email@example.com• At last month's annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Geographical Society in Pittsburgh (Oct. 25-26), undergrad senior Shannon Grumbly presented a poster based on her summer research conducted at the University of Iowa through the SROP program. Grumbly and fellow senior Kira Smith co-facilitated with Jodi Vender a roundtable discussion on networking and professional development for students. Several alumni also participated in the meeting, including Joe Bencloski (Ph.D. '76) currently faculty at Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Gina Bloodworth (Ph.D. '05), faculty at Salisbury University in Maryland; and Michael Glass (Ph.D. '07), faculty at University of Pittsburgh. Vender is past president of the organization, and Tim Dolney, associate professor of geography and GIScience at Penn State Altoona, is president-elect. Planning is underway for next year's annual meeting, which will take place in State College, Pennsylvania, Nov. 7–8, 2014.
November 1 Coffee Hour: Petra Tschakert
Being a social scientist on the IPCC: Reflections from the conceptual frontline
• Refreshments are offered in 319 Walker Building at 3:30 p.m.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is preparing its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The first part of this report (Working Group I) covers the Physical Science Basis, released in September 2013. The second and third parts, dealing with Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability (WGII) and Mitigation (WGIII), respectively, will be released in the spring of 2014. I am fortunate to be Penn State’s only coordinating lead author on the AR5, leading a new chapter in the IPCC’s 25 years of existence that assesses the state-of-the-art knowledge on the impacts of climate change and climate change responses on livelihoods and poverty. Being a social scientist in WGII brings both opportunities and challenges in navigating disciplinary understandings of fundamental yet evolving concepts such as vulnerability. Read more.
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November 15 Tom Patterson "From maps to apps ..."
From the fall 2013 GEOGRAPHY newsletter
Reflections on 20 years of Riparia:
A dialogue between Rob Brooks, director, and Denice Wardrop, associate director
Rob Brooks (RPB): Denice, you came to Penn State as a returning adult student to pursue your doctorate just as Riparia (then the Penn State Cooperative Wetlands Center) was formed in 1993. What was it like to join the field team that year to begin sampling our first reference wetlands?
Denice Wardrop (DHW): Three things immediately come to mind. The first is that it was the ultimate team field experience: an intensive practice in our own area of expertise, with simultaneous exposure to a wide range of other disciplines in the same context. The learning experience was intense and totally invigorating. The second thought is that I saw so many sites in such a short time, that it provided a sense of the overall condition of the wetland resource that held up to years of experience (and probabilistic sampling) we did later. The third thing is just how good Sun Chips can taste at the end of a day on the Rob Brooks Field Diet and Exercise Plan. Read more.
The complete fall 2013 Department of Geography newsletter is now available in digital format on our website and via issuu.
Pittsburgh Area Penn State Alumni and Friends Reception
The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and alumnus Jim Bryja (’79 Mining Eng.) and his wife Coral will be hosting an event in the Pittsburgh area on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Rolling Hills Country Club. For directions and to RSVP: www.ems.psu.edu/alumniandfriendsreception
OTHER GEOGRAPHY VIEWS
Got Science? Union of Concerned Scientists October 2013 e-newsletter
LOCAL EVENTS AND DEADLINES
November 6 EMS Blood Drive Hintz Family Alumni Center from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
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November 6 Meteorology Colloquium: Judah Cohen "Has a Warming Arctic Contributed to Colder
Winter Weather in the Northern Hemisphere Mid-latitudes?"
10:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium and online
November 8 Supporting Women in Geography (SWIG) is hosting a Sexual Harassment Awareness
Training in 319 Walker Building from 1:00–2:00 p.m. This training is open to all.
If you have questions, please contact Dana Cuomo at email@example.com.November 17–23 Geography Awareness Week
October 30–November 2 AAG Middle Atlantic Division Regional Meeting
(jointly with AAG Applied Geography Specialty Group, Annapolis, Maryland
November 1–3 Graduate Climate Conference at Woods Hole, Massachusetts
November 6–8 International Greening Education Event in Karlsruhe, Germany
November 13 2013 Geo Open Source Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania(DMG-EH) in Dallas, Texas
February 14–15 Breaking Ground and Building Bridges: Communication, Gender, and
Social Change in Global Communities at Ohio University. For more information
May 18–21 ISCRAM at Penn State
June 15–21 Fifth Jubilee International Conference on Cartography & GIS, Riviera, Bulgaria
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